Saturday, April 25, 2009

Vienna promotes cycling in the rain

Earlier I always had my rain pants and -- depending on the weather forecast -- also my rain jacket (or even overshoes) with me. Well, this is not so practical, because in fact it very rarely a) rains and b) rains so heavy that I need that. Including the winter that probably happens five times a year although of course a lot of people never cycle "because it might rain".

And that's exactly where the city of Vienna hooks in. At the previous bikefestival I got this:

"Fürs Radln im Regen!" means "For cycling in the rain!"

And this is for sure the best give-away I ever got! No pencil, ballpoint pen, magnet nor water bottle (not that I ever got one) can compete with that. What is it? It's a transparent, small and light one-way poncho for cycling. It has a perfect size for carrying around all the time. And that's what I do. No more rain pants and rain jackets. Just this tiny packet of plastic. And it works -- I've already thunderstorm-approved it in Barcelona :-). Although it's meant for single use I just let it dry, folded it and could even fit it in the small bag again. It got three packets (call me greedy if you want) which will probably last for years. Afterwards I will just buy a proper poncho.

Unstylish? I don't think so (unlike you choose the grandma model I suppose). Moreover, a poncho is light enough to carry around, cheap, easy and quick to put on and take off, can be worn with everything, covers the backpacks or other bags too, waterproof but pervious to air (no more sweating in rain pants), can serve as a picnic blanket and so on.

Agu cycling poncho

And for those who are still afraid of rain, let me tell you that you're not made of sugar and that there's nothing funnier than cycling in all kinds of weather. Sunshine and warmth is of course nice, but boring. You are just being lazy if you stick to only that -- and you probably haven't experienced the happiness after a ride in pouring rain yet. Or as we tend to say here:

There's no bad weather, just bad clothing.


crispy said...

Just found your blog via your comment on David Hembrow's site. I dunno about you, but loose sheets of plastic around rotating wheels makes me nervous! Is the poncho designed so it doesn't come near your wheels?

anna said...

Hi crispy, interesting you mention that. No, I never had problems with that. The poncho isn't that long and besides I have fenders which probably would hold it back. I guess you could also sit on it to prevent that from happening. I don't think they are generally that loose, but there might also be a difference between cycling ponchos and normal ponchos.

Pellar said...

ok, so, its raining here, am going for that ride. thanks.

jakemosterio said...

The poncho is actually a really good idea! I'm going to give it a try. I use hiking gaiters under my pants to keep the rain out of my shoes or boots, but the poncho idea I like, because it looks much lighter than a winter coat.

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